Delhi Metro to restart from Sep 7; guidelines, do’s and don’ts of travelling

Delhi Metro to restart from Sep 7; guidelines, do’s and don'ts of travelling

After being shut for five long months, Delhi Metro, which is considered the lifeline of the capital city, is all set to resume services from September 7, 2020. Given the current pandemic situation, there will definitely be some major changes. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has released a set of new guidelines for commuters to avoid overcrowding.

Before things went into lockdown, the average daily ridership was nearly 26 lakh.

Here are some major changes commuters will encounter after the resumption of metro services:

1) The DMRC has planned a phased run of the metro. There will be three stages: in stage 1, services will begin on the Yellow Line and Rapid Line on September 7; In phase 2, metro services will restart on the Blue Line and Pink Line on September 9; and in phase 3, metro services will begin on the Red, Green and Violet lines on September 10.

2) At the entrance, all the passengers will have to undergo thermal screening and hand sanitisation. Auto thermal screening-cum-hand sanitisation machines are installed at 45 major stations. Others are equipped with auto sanitiser dispensers and manual thermal screening will be done.

3) As of now, a limited number of entry gates will be open to commuters. A list of such gates will be made available on the Delhi Metro website along with all its official social media handles. It is important because stations like Rajiv Chowk which handles more than 5 to 6 lakh commuters on a daily basis will only have one entry point (Gate Number 7).

4) Make sure you leave the house 10-15 minutes before as the travel time will increase. Given there will be several new protocols, the future commuters are advised to have extra time in hand.

5) Also the stoppage time of trains at every station has been increased, so travel time will go up by 3 to 6 minutes.

6) The train timings have also changed. From September 7 to 10, the trains will be available between 7 AM to 11 AM and 4 PM to 8 PM. From September 11, the metro trains will be available from 7 AM to 1 PM, 4 PM to 10 PM. From September 12, the trains will run from 6 AM to 11 PM.

7) Metro trains will not stop at containment zones. Those stations will remain closed.

8) If it is found that commuters are disobeying social distancing rules at any station, the metro trains will completely skip those stations.

9) Parking facilities at the stations will remain open but feeder bus services will stay suspended.

10) Face masks are a must. The
Aarogya Setu app is also advisable.

11) Alternate seating arrangements have been done inside the metro. And people will have to maintain one metre distance between those standing.

12) Commuters are supposed to use smart cards as tokens are being discontinued.

13) Passengers showing Covid-19 symptoms won’t be permitted to travel and will be directed to the nearest medical centre.

14) Commuters are advised to carry pocket-sized hand sanitizers with them, anything beyond 30 ml won’t be allowed.

15) Public is also advised to travel light and avoid any metallic items.

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